On May 4, 2016 Air Tanker 944, a 747-400, made a dry run over the Colorado Springs airport and then conducted a practice drop with water. We were there to shoot this video and the still photos.
(UPDATE May 5: the Colorado Springs Airport tweeted this video of the aircraft dropping today.)
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Global SuperTanker! Welcome to COS! pic.twitter.com/q86BNChKFw
— CO Springs Airport (@COSAirport) May 5, 2016
And there’s this:
And here is a bonus video at no additional charge. Just after the 747 began taxiing before take off, three F-18’s landed. They taxied pretty close to where I was standing. A little military aircraft porn.